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Terajoules used in households

Globally this year

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Our energy comes mainly from burning...
oil and coal - a LOT of it! Energy use could grow 35 percent by 2035. If nothing changes, mostly by burning more coal. But green alternatives DO exist.

Top 5 facts about household energy consumption

1

Households burn oil and coal

The use of energy in all of the world's households is equivalent to burning off 50 tons of oil every second. But it is not only oil. We also burn a lot of coal.


2

It really is much more

But we burn a lot more oil and coal than what we use for energy in our homes. Every time we buy stuff we also use energy because it takes energy to mine, produce, and transport the things we buy.


3

The future?

Household energy use could triple by 2030 - especially due to power-hungry electronics.


4

The good news

The potential for renewable energy is large. For example, already by 2015 the Sahara desert could provide European households with sun energy.


5

Green alternatives

Geo-thermal heating also holds great potential - even for individual households.



Household energy consumption

Global residential energy consumption per capita in 2005 was 300.4 kilograms of oil equivalents. The energy released by burning one ton of crude oil is approximately 42 GJ. This gives a total of about 65 billion GJ or 65 million terajoules.


Households burn oil and coal

It really is much more

The future?

The good news

Green alternatives

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